The BEST Episodes of Expedition Unknown

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 10, 2022

Network: Discovery

Expedition Unknown chronicles the adventures of Josh Gates as he investigates iconic mysteries across the globe. Gates begins by interviewing key eyewitnesses and uncovering recent developments in the story, then springboards into a fully immersive exploration. This authentic, roughshod adventure leads Gates closer to the truth behind these unanswered global enigmas, such as the disappearance of Amelia Earhart’s plane. Josh Gates is an adventurer and avid explorer with a unique brand of humor and passion for off-the-map excursions.

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Uncovering the Golden City

#1 - Uncovering the Golden City

Season 9 - Episode 5 - Aired Aug 18, 2021

The hunt for El Dorado is Josh's most grueling journey ever and one of the crew tumbles into a raging river. When cutting-edge aerial scans reveal a lost city, they push into the jungle to uncover El Dorado and the gold that comes with it.

star 8.39
33 votes
Great Women of Ancient Egypt

#2 - Great Women of Ancient Egypt

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 7, 2018

Josh Gates strives to uncover the buried secrets of three of the most powerful and elusive women in ancient Egypt -- Hatshepsut, Nefertiti and Cleopatra; a facial reconstruction project is commissioned to reveal the face of King Tut's mother.

star 8.27
163 votes
America's Titanic

#3 - America's Titanic

Season 9 - Episode 6 - Aired Aug 25, 2021

Josh dives the Atlantic in search of millions in lost coins that sunk with America's Titanic.

star 8.24
25 votes
Deciphering the Last Nazi Code

#4 - Deciphering the Last Nazi Code

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 10, 2019

Josh Gates ventures into the former Third Reich in search of an elusive Nazi fortune hidden with a code allegedly created by Hitler's private secretary, and embedded into a piece of sheet music.

star 8.23
115 votes
Egypt's Lost Queens

#5 - Egypt's Lost Queens

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Feb 14, 2018

Josh Gates continues his journey through Egypt to unearth the secrets and possibly the final resting places of Nefertiti and Cleopatra.

star 8.22
143 votes
Digging Into D-Day

#6 - Digging Into D-Day

Season 8 - Episode 1 - Aired Feb 5, 2020

In a season premiere event, Josh Gates touches down in Normandy to investigate battles on land, air and sea. The expedition reveals a Nazi threat greater than ever imagined, unearthing a massive German bunker complex buried for 75 years.

star 8.22
60 votes
Ransom in the Sky

#7 - Ransom in the Sky

Season 9 - Episode 3 - Aired Aug 4, 2021

With brand-new evidence Josh looks to finally crack the DB Cooper case, America's only unsolved skyjacking. A deathbed confession and cutting-edge forensics have Josh hot on the trail of the $200,000 ransom that's never been recovered

star 8.21
28 votes
The Lost Avenger

#8 - The Lost Avenger

Season 9 - Episode 2 - Aired Jul 28, 2021

A three-man crew of Navy pilots training for World War 2 crashed into the Pacific Ocean 75 years ago. Josh Gates teams up with Project Recover on a daring mission to find their plane and bring closure for the three souls who have never been found.

star 8.18
28 votes
Samurai Sword of Power

#9 - Samurai Sword of Power

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Mar 26, 2015

Josh searches through various ancient shrines in Japan looking for the mystical Honjo Masamune sword. During his travels, Josh learns the ways of the samurai and is educated on how to forge his own sword.

star 8.15
168 votes
The Secret Solved

#10 - The Secret Solved

Season 7 - Episode 12 - Aired Oct 30, 2019

Breaking news about "The Secret" prompts Josh Gates to race across the globe to find out if the series of puzzles has been solved.

star 8.15
41 votes
The Hunt for the Golden Owl

#11 - The Hunt for the Golden Owl

Season 6 - Episode 8 - Aired May 29, 2019

Josh Gates stalks prey that has eluded capture for 25 years, the Golden Owl. A book of riddles gives cryptic clues to where the Owl statuette, worth half a million dollars, is hidden. Josh joins treasure hunters using new leads to chase the fortune.

star 8.11
55 votes
Mysteries of the Dead Sea Scrolls

#12 - Mysteries of the Dead Sea Scrolls

Season 7 - Episode 1 - Aired Aug 7, 2019

Josh Gates travels to the Holy Land to dig in with an archaeologist who has recently discovered new Dead Sea Scrolls. Josh also sees cutting-edge technology restore scroll fragments in a way that could change how we read the Bible.

star 8.08
84 votes
Chasing the Fortune of Sir Francis Drake

#13 - Chasing the Fortune of Sir Francis Drake

Season 7 - Episode 3 - Aired Aug 21, 2019

Josh Gates searches land and sea for the lost fortune of legendary pirate Sir Francis Drake. Joining treasure hunters and maritime archaeologists, Josh hunts for a lost cache of Spanish gold and the remains of Drake himself.

star 8.08
53 votes
Pyramid of Legends

#14 - Pyramid of Legends

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired May 29, 2018

Josh ventures into the ancient Mayan city of El Mirador in search of the lost tombs of a mysterious ruling dynasty, called "the Snake Kings".

star 8.06
160 votes
Legend of the Crystal Skull

#15 - Legend of the Crystal Skull

Season 6 - Episode 6 - Aired May 15, 2019

Josh Gates enters Central America's jungles to investigate the legendary crystal skull discovered by a renowned adventurer who was the inspiration for Indiana Jones. Josh probes whether the skull is an invaluable relic or archaeology's tallest tale.

star 8.06
83 votes
Lost City of El Mirador

#16 - Lost City of El Mirador

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Jun 5, 2018

Josh concludes his investigation into the mysterious Maya city of El Mirador, from the possible burial of the elusive Snake Kings to uncovering the secrets behind the fall of one of history's greatest ancient cities.

star 8.05
141 votes
Hunt For The Metal Library

#17 - Hunt For The Metal Library

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Jan 31, 2018

Josh travels through the jungles of Ecuador to explore the watery depths of Tayos Cave for a legendary set of metal plates believed to be created by an advanced ancient civilization.

star 8.05
149 votes
The Secret

#18 - The Secret

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 17, 2018

Josh travels all over the US to find the treasures featured in The Secret, a cryptic book published in the 1980s. He meets with members of the book's cult following, who each think they're on the verge of finding one of the 10 remaining treasures.

star 8.04
179 votes
Lost Spanish Fortune, Found!

#19 - Lost Spanish Fortune, Found!

Season 3 - Episode 17 - Aired Jun 14, 2017

Josh Gates travels the coast of Florida and to the newly opened country of Cuba in search of sunken treasure from a fleet of Spanish ships sunk in 1715. The hunt takes him deep into the Atlantic and into the previously sealed National Archives of Cuba.

star 8.04
192 votes
Plummer's Gold

#20 - Plummer's Gold

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 2, 2016

Josh Gates heads to Montana, the Gold Rush territory to search for the missing fortune of notorious Old West sheriff, Henry Plummer.

star 8.03
329 votes
Searching For America's Lost Flight

#21 - Searching For America's Lost Flight

Season 8 - Episode 2 - Aired Feb 12, 2020

Josh Gates investigates the most mysterious airline disaster in American history -- searching for why Northwest Flight 2501 vanished, taking the lives of all 58 people on board.

star 8.02
54 votes
Yamashita's Gold

#22 - Yamashita's Gold

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 10, 2016

Josh travels to the Philippines searching for Yamashita's Gold, a treasure that has been hidden since World War II. When the cave Josh explores quickly fills with water, will he escape with a piece of history before he's trapped?

star 8.00
156 votes
Solved: Mystery of the Lost Ruby Slippers

#23 - Solved: Mystery of the Lost Ruby Slippers

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired Sep 5, 2018

After more than a decade of searching, the mystery behind the missing pair of ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in the most-watched film of all time "The Wizard of Oz" has been solved.

star 8.00
68 votes
Curse of the Golden Bell

#24 - Curse of the Golden Bell

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Apr 2, 2015

Josh joins local divers in the Southeast Asian country of Myanmar to search for the ancient cursed Great Bell of King Dhammazedi. To recover it, Josh dives into murky, violent waters that have claimed the lives of several other divers.

star 7.99
163 votes
Nazis in Argentina

#25 - Nazis in Argentina

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Jun 12, 2018

Josh ventures to Argentina, where many Nazi SS officers escaped to after World War II.

star 7.99
140 votes